Saturday, May 26, 2012

Le Métier Sheer Brilliance and Lip Creme Lip Glosses in Cafe Creme, Summerland, Ibiza and Papaye Creme: Photos, Swatches, Comparison and Review

On my latest trip to Neiman Marcus I had planned only to look at Le Métier's Papaye Creme (please excuse the misspelling of Papaye Creme on all the pictures), but I couldn't leave the store without Cafe Creme, Summerland and Ibiza.  The reason I had gone to look at Papaye Creme is that I read it was similar to Clé De Peau's Gloss #2 that I reviewed here.  If you want to find out if it is keep reading.

Here is what the Neiman Marcus website say's about the products:
Lip Creme Lip Gloss

A beautifully-edited selection of never-before-offered seductive lip color that will captivate and enchant your lips.

A hybrid of gloss and lipstick, Lip Creme combines chic color, intense emollients and antioxidants to soothe and nourish.
Perfect for a more intense color pay-off with added shine and gloss.
Lacquer sheen finish.
Creamy texture and easy glide formula.
Vitamins and antioxidants for smooth supple lips.

Sheer Brilliance Lip Gloss

As seen in InStyle magazine (May 2010 issue, p198).
Exclusively ours. Drench lips in total luxury—sumptuous, punchy colour saturates lips in a unique, ultra-lightweight, formula enriched with emollients and antioxidants for beautiful, supple lips.
Elegant, semi-translucent glossy color.
Universal shades.
Vitamin E and lanolin for soft supple lips
Silky texture and easy glide formula.
Never heavy or sticky.How to use: Wear it alone for sheer brilliant shine or or layered over your favorite lip color to magnify color and shine.

 Cafe Creme Lip Creme.

 Cafe Creme

Cafe Creme Lip Creme is a beautiful nude with iridescent micro shimmer that is very understated on the lips.  It has a delicious vanilla bean scent and it has a slight vanilla taste to it, but it may be my brain playing tricks on my senses.  It feels wonderfully soft on my lips, not tacky or sticky and you can't feel the shimmers either. 

 Summerland Sheer Brilliance Lip Gloss


Summerland Sheer Brillance Lip Gloss is the most gorgeous lip gloss color ever!  It's a coppery peach with iridescent sparkles and I see a lot of green one's when the light hits it just right.  This formula surprised me because it is so vibrant for a sheer gloss, I didn't expect this much color payoff.   This formula does not have a vanilla bean scent like the lip creme.  It's also not as creamy as the lip creme, you can feel the micro shimmer  a little but the gloss is neither sticky or tacky.  

 Ibiza Sheer Brilliance Lip Gloss


Ibiza Sheer Brilliance Lip Gloss is sheer pink with iridescent sparkles.  The gloss feels nice and slippery not tacky or sticky.  You can't feel the shimmers and there is no obvious scent or flavor.

 Papaye Creme Lip Creme 

 Papaye Creme

Papaye Creme Lip Creme is a frosty golden peach color.  It feels creamy and soft and has that delicious vanilla bean scent and faint vanilla flavor.

Photograph taken indoors without flash.

The two photos above were taken outdoors, without flash.

 Indoor photograph without flash.

The two photos above were taken outdoors without flash.

I love all the shades I purchased but I consider Summerland and Papaye Creme must haves.  Both formulas feel great and left my lips feeling moisturized and soft.  

Comparison of Le Metier Papaye Creme and Cle De Peau Gloss #2.
 Outdoor photograph without flash.

 Indoor photograph without flash.

Outdoors without flash.

 Both shades worn side by side.  The differences are subtle here but in person they are much more distinct. 

As you can see on the pictures above Papaye Cream has a lot more peach in it than Cle De Peau #2.  Cle De Peau #2 also has more gold and a hint of pink.  Also, the Cle De Peau formula is thick and not as soft as Le Metier, but it lasts and leaves my lips feeling moisturized longer than Papaye Creme.  Cle De Peau #2 also has  a lot of dimension in the sunlight, it looks amazing when you have a tan.  It's something that I think would look great on someone like Jennifer Lopez.  To me they are different enough that I've gotta have both but if you can only buy one you won't go wrong with either.  


Friday, May 25, 2012


Just wanted to drop a quick note, to let my readers know that the reason I haven't been blogging so much lately is that I am moving.  I have only a month to get this house packed up and I have to also keep it up for people to come look at.  I will have a post up here and there but I probably won't be up to full speed blogging until sometime in July when I'm settled in my new home.  Say some prayers for me, the closest mall with a Neiman Marcus is an hour and half drive....gasp!  Will I survive living in the middle of nowhere?  I guess we'll see.  This city girl just has to make the most of it.


Tuesday, May 22, 2012

SPARITUAL Water Spring 2012 Color Collection in Ebb & Flow, : Photos, Swatches and Review

This is the second polish from SPARITUAL's Water Spring 2012 Collection that I am sharing with you.  Last time I shared Deep, this time it's Ebb & Flow (a darker shade of aqua).  There are six shades in this collection and I will be sharing one more with you at a later time.  SPARITUAL is a vegan nail lacquer company . All of their polishes are free of DBP, Formaldehyde and Toluene. 20% of the profits go to Surge, a non-profit organization that provides access to safe, clean water. If you would like to know more about Surge, click here.
Surge is a U.S. based 501(c)3 non-profit organization that improves access to clean, safe water for life. 100% of public donations directly fund sustainable water projects. Today, more than 1 billion people do not have access to safe drinking water. That is 1 in 6 of us. Learn more or donate.

Here is some important information from the SPARITUAL website:

The SpaRitual Story
Dedicated to the spa tradition, sparitual is committed to creating eco-friendly products and packaging perfectly crafted for the enlightened consumer. We use Vegan ingredients from around the world, including many specially sourced and selected plant essences that are wildcrafted OR organic. The formulations are naturally colored and free of synthetic dyes. SpaRitual is constantly monitoring sustainability issues and strives to be on the cutting edge of environmental awareness. Enlighten yourself. Be a SpaRitualist. Because we all deserve to live the good life.
I bought my polishes from and this is what their website say's about the polishes:

The Water Collection from SpaRitual® features shimmering corals, deep watercolors and dense pastels that rise to the surface. The effect is fluid, weightless and glistening.
  • Each nail lacquer comes with the sleek, patented Plum Cap®, allowing easy opening of the bottle and a non-slip grip.
  • The signature brush is also specially designed to allow for precise application.
  • Each bottle is crafted from reusable glass with up to 50% recycled materials.
  • 100% vegan. Free of DBP, Toulene, Formaldehyde and Formaldehyde Resin.
  • Capacity: 0.5 oz
*Click on pictures to enlarge.

Photos above were taken indoors, without flash.

 The photos above were taken outdoors without flash.

 These were the polishes I thought looked similar from the bottle.  *Deborah Lippmann "On The Beach."

*Deborah Lippmann On The Beach

*Deborah Lippmann On The Beach